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    Spacial Transcendence at Rohtas

    Written by: Salma Chaudhry - Posted on: October 01, 2014 | Post your comment here Comments

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    Spacial Transcendence at Rohtas

    Spacial Transcendence by Sana Kazi at Rohtas 2 Art Gallery is about images that are mellow and indistinct, transcending special boundaries. The exhibition was inaugurated on Friday and will continue till the 11th of October.

    A Rail track on the entrance path attracted the most visitors. Paintings and works of art are positioned in spaces between sleepers. At first the images seem inactive, but closer observation reveals they move more than what a person initially perceives. The artist describes these rail tracks as a depiction of apathy. The paintings represent of people who are now used to the burden of life in the form of a train. The misery and problems of life don’t seem to influence their being it is a regular custom now.

    Kazi uses ash and graphite pencil, ‘incorporating dashes of colour and at times treating sections of the image with gouache.’ This, according to her, is a particular practice of miniature painting where ideas come from photographs which are then illustrated on to wasli. Classical and traditional arts are deeply echoed in her work and she has successfully reconstructed the eternal splendor and aesthetics of the Renaissance period. There are many grey areas left in the paintings from where the imagination of the viewer begins. Everybody will perceive these pieces of art based on their own intuition.

    The exhibition is attracting a number of visitors everyday and the work of rail track has been the most popular so far.  The work focuses on uncertainty, both internal as well as external and leaves it to the imagination of the viewers to look at it, the way they want to. There is no derived meaning as the artist has left it open ended. Distinguished people like Salima Hashmi, Quddus Mirza and a huge number of art lovers visited the exhibition on the first day. Salima Hashmi admired Sana’s work and said that the rail track work was beautifully done, along with the ceiling fitting of paintings, which she said was equally praiseworthy.

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